Making babies of any species requires waiting.   Humans and cattle alike require 9 months for proper gestation.    I didn’t know that cattle needed that long until we began raising cattle.    And even when the doctor estimates the ‘delivery’ date, we always wonder if it will happen that day.

Well our lady “Lucy” is making us wait longer than the doctor suggested.    He thought she would deliver on the 4th of February.   Here it is the 7th and she hasn’t brought forth a calf yet. . .   I wonder how long she will wait.   It is Momma is carrying a big baby!

It appears she has freshened.   So she is close.   It has been rainy and cold.  I hope that baby is ready for a chill.     Maybe it will warm up by the time she/he arrives.   One can   hope and pray . .. .  there will be some straw for bedding if needed to keep it warm at night.   But Momma is good for that too.

There are two others who are expecting before May so we’ll have a nice sized herd in the pasture.    It would be nice to have a good herd for a few more years. . . . and beef in the freezer!

By spring we will have the farm rented, but the young couple who will rent will continue to blog so we can see how things are going.   It will be fun to see it from the side my readers see. . . .



God Rest the Soul of David Bowie. … .I wasn’t a big fan, but he did a lot for the music world and there were a number of great songs he wrote and recorded. . . .   Time may change me, but I can’t change time. .. .  Change happens in all of our lives at various stages and for a number of reasons.

And so we continue to prepare to turn over the farm to a young couple to  live there and operate.   We are also selling another property, preparing our tax records and attempting to live our lives in the ‘now’.

We have painted the two out buildings and will leave the big barn until it becomes a bit warmer in the year.     We have identified the furniture which will stay at the farm and what will go.   Now we need to go through the boxes of books, clothing, household goods and family memories.    It would be so much easier if we could do all that in warmer weather.   but I’m hoping to convince the man that either providing a bit if heat in the barn or bringing boxes into the house would speed things up!    We will see how that goes.

Our poor doggie, Thomas, has been suffering from some kind of medical problem since about October.   He’s had a cortisone shot and we’ve changed his food with no change.   Went back to the vet today and he recommended another food.   sometimes I wish that dog had a social security number. . . . but then the government does not need to be any more involved in his life than it already is. . ..  I won’t go any further on that.   Anyway I hope something gets better.  Poor guy licks, chews and scratches himself so much, I feel badly for him so I might just start giving him a Benadryl to ease the itch.



Happy 2016.   Apparently WordPress decided to ‘replay’ some of my old blog posts.   Maybe that means I need to write more current blogs!

Lots of things going on at the farm.   We were expecting nasty weather when that storm came through.   Baltimore and NYC got much more than we did, but we did get a bit of ice and a dusting of snow.   I had a bit of trouble negotiating on it but the dog enjoyed it and the ‘ladies’ seemed to do fine.

I am the middle of three sisters.  When we were young my sisters really loved pointing out babies while we were out and about if they saw one that was particularly cute.  They would say “Oooh, look at the pink one”  or Hey, there is a little gingham one!” as if the color of what they were wearing determined what the baby was. . . . I’d just roll my eyes and groan “oh brother”.

Maybe I just don’t have that maternal gene.  Or maybe poopy, crying babies just aren’t my cup of tea.

Lots of doings here at Smiling J.    We were going to let the farm go fallow, but it is just too relaxing and too wonderful to be here to let it go.      We’ve decided that if we are going to keep her, she might as well work for us and keep us from having to mow!

Front pasture being readied for new cattle
Front pasture being readied for new cattle

My sweetie retired last August and has been keeping me pretty busy since the beginning of the year.   We repaired the fences and at this point there are four head of cattle grazing on the pastures.    One steer, a bull and two heifers.   We are hoping for two more if the bull, Prince Leo has done his job.

Leo’s step sister, Princess Leah, is on a date herself.    She is at Running Bay Farm in VA hopefully being bred to Trooper.   He was one of our best Dexter bulls who was sold to some friends up North.    So we’ll have about 8 total once all the babies are here.   Should be great to see that again.  Calves are so fun to see grow.

In the mean time we bought a townhouse near the coast where we can go to fish, enjoy a small community and attend the Catholic Church that is nearby.     Now the problem is: when should we be at the farm and when should we be at the townhouse?    Decisions, decisions. …

Leo and the girls meeting the neighbors next door

Leo and the girls meeting the neighbors next door

I was up in DC at a conservative conference and as we traveled back home I got a text from my husband. . . . We have a calf ! ! ! ! To my surprise it was another little red Dexter. Gretchen had her baby and boy is she a darling! I was so excited but we were still about three hours from home.

Doesn’t Faith have a darling face???

We just have to share pictures of her. . . . Because she was born on Sunday we will call her Faith. She is a sign of hope in the midst of trying times. . . .   Isn’t she cute???

I hope to get more pictures and news about Faith soon! ! !

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